Ivan Zwick, 77 of Marion won national weightlifting titles in the USA Powerlifting National Bench Press Championships in Killeen, Texas. He will now compete as part of the Team USA Masters Bench Press Team.

Competing in the 59 kilo division, roughly 123 pounds, Zwick won both the Raw and Equipped divisions. The equipped division competes with a supportive shirt. Competitors in the raw division do not wear the supportive equipment.

Zwick won the raw division with a lift of 159.5 pounds. He took the equipped title with a lift of 178.2.

He advances to the equipped world championship competition in South Africa in April. The raw lifting championships will be held in Helsinki, Finland in May.

Zwick is a former international gold medalist.

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Les Winkeler is sports editor and outdoors writer for The Southern Illinoisan.

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